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STEMspiration is the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference of its kind - a completely student-led event bringing together leaders, doers, makers and thinkers of the highest caliber. STEMspiration has been crafted by the USASEF Youth Advisors as an independent initiative to promote powerful ideas and collaboration in the STEM world.

On April 24th, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be kicking off the inaugural event at McKinley Technology High School, followed by esteemed speakers including NPR science correspondent Joe Palca and Bill Drayton, Founder & CEO of Ashoka, to share their ideas and stories with a diverse audience of students.

Who is STEMspiration for, you might ask? Frankly, it is for anyone who cares deeply about the future of science in our society, and how we will encourage rising generations to fearlessly jump into the fray of innovation and discovery. Students, teachers, policy makers, non-profits, inventors, academics, and anyone else will find a place at STEMspiration. While the event will be taking place at McKinley Tech High in Washington D.C., it will be live-streamed for easy access to anyone who has access to the internet.

This isn't your typical paint-by-numbers cookie-cutter event. This conversation represents the future - and was organized by the youth of tomorrow. A group of young world-changers unified to bring the best of STEM to Science Week 2014. The team behind STEMspiration includes international science fair winners like Jack Andraka and Sara Volz, social entrepreneurs like Ritankar Das and Param Jaggi, inventor Jonny Cohen, explorer Parker Liautaud, and author/activist Adora Svitak, and game designer Erik Martin. Each has done incredible work to help society, and all share a common vision for promoting STEM and helping all young people change the world.

This group will also be speaking at the White House, the US News and World Report STEM Solutions Conference (closing keynote) and the State Department during Science Week 2014 to promote many of the core ideas leading up to STEMspiration. You can also catch some of them during the Expo on the Lockheed Martin Stage on Friday or Sunday!

To join the event virtually you can tune into the livestream HERE on April 24th at 9 AM EST. We're excited to have you join us!

The STEMspiration Speakers:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Bill Drayton: Founder and CEO, Ashoka

Stephan Turnipseed: President Emeritus, LEGO Education

Adam Garry: Manager of Global Professional Learning, Dell

Joe Palca: Science correspondent, National Public Radio

Grace Young: Aquatic robot scientist, MIT

Jim Meeks: Board of Governors, Jefferson Awards

Steve Culbertson: CEO, Youth Service America

Kaya Henderson: Chancellor, Washington DC Public Schools


The USASEF Advisors:

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Ritankar Das: Founder of See Your Future, the youngest university medalist in Berkley history, Oxford MSc candidate for Bioengineering, and generally nice guy.

Jack Andraka: Winner of the International Science and Engineering Fair for work on a new detection tool for certain cancers, advocate for open access and pokemon master in the works.

Jonny Cohen: Inventor of Greenshield, Forbes 30 under 30 twice, Mechanical engineering student at Columbia, makes them busses work better.

Adora Svitak: Author at age 7, curator of TEDxRedmond, champion and advocate for world hunger, short-story connoisseur.

Omar Abudayyeh: Researcher, MD/PhD candidate at Harvard/MIT, entrepreneur and published scientist. He can see in cells what others cannot.

Sara Volz: Intel Science Talent Search grand winner, published researcher, created super-algae for alternative fuel from her bedroom, MIT student.

Param Jaggi: Founder of EcoViate to make green products widely effective and available, discovered effective algae bio-reactor at 14, looks pretty great in lab goggles.

Parker Liautaud: Explorer of the great Arctic and Antarctic, fighter for the environment, TIME magazine 30 under 30 list, he can get you to the North or South Pole, and he can get you home.

Erik Martin: Game Designer and education activist, works on games that help people and society, founder of The Edvengers Super Hero PAC, is a fire mage in his spare time.

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